Wednesday, 2 September 2015

National Museums Scotland is delighted to unveil its new Head of Development. Margaret Clift McNulty, who is currently Head of Fundraising at the country’s leading disability charity, will join the National Museums Scotland team from next month.

At Capability Scotland, Margaret had developed a transformative three-year fundraising strategy, leading a team across 12 fundraising streams, ranging from individual giving to corporate partnerships, direct mail appeals and digital, through to legacies, community fundraising, events, trusts and lottery.

She has more than ten years of Major Gifts experience, securing six-figure corporate partnerships and £1m-£4m gifts from individuals, charitable trusts and companies in the UK and beyond.

Speaking about her appointment, Margaret said:

“As a passionate believer in the significant role museums play in interpreting our world, I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the internationally important work of National Museums Scotland.”

From 2006 to 2013, Margaret worked at the University of Edinburgh, planning and delivering fundraising for major Science and Engineering capital projects – including the £42m Informatics Forum, the £15m Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and the King’s Buildings Library.

There she worked with large multi-stakeholder teams, the University’s Campaign Board, the Principal and the senior leadership team. Funding sources ranged from major philanthropic donations to government and research council grants and industry investment.

Margaret’s previous roles were at Amnesty International and at King’s College London. She is currently Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Professional Development Committee and a member of their strategic Executive Committee. She has two degrees in Classical Civilisations, and is a keen Museum visitor. She will join the Museum on 17 September.

Commenting on the appointment, Catherine Holden, the Director of External Relations at National Museums Scotland, said:

“I am confident that Margaret’s excellent experience and personal qualities will bring huge value to our Development goals.”

Further information and an image of Margaret Clift McNulty is available from David Findlay or Alice Wyllie, Press Office, National Museums Scotland on 0131 247 4424 or email

Notes to Editors

  1. National Museums Scotland looks after museum collections of national and international importance and provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  2. The National Museum of Scotland reopened in summer 2011 following a three-year, £50m redevelopment. With more than seven million visitors since reopening, the National Museum of Scotland is the most popular museum in the country outside of London according to ALVA figures.
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